Teachers and leaders responsible for health and safety of students while on school premises and participating in official school activities must follow an appropriate planning process to identify, minimise and mitigate the inherent risks.
It is important to note that the actual risk level will vary according to the specific circumstances of the activity and these must be considered when planning curriculum activities.
To assist schools manage risks in the curriculum, Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment (CARA) activity guidelines are provided for a range of activities. If a CARA activity guideline exists for the activity that you are doing, you need to adhere to its requirements as a minimum.
Staff of Queensland state schools record their risk management process by completing a Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment (CARA) using one of the following options:
- the OneSchool CARA module or
- the CARA generic template or
- using an alternate proforma that is equivalent to, or exceeds the minimum requirements specified in the Managing Risks in School Curriculum Activities procedure .
The minimum requirements for completing a CARA are:
- Low risk activities: Completion of a CARA as described above is optional and at the school's discretion. Schools may choose to manage this risk through regular class planning processes
- Medium risk activities: Completion of a CARA as described above is optional and at the school's discretion. Schools may document risks and controls and manage the risk through their regular curriculum planning processes
- High and extreme risk activities: a risk assessment is to be completed using options 1, 2 or 3 and approved as outlined in the procedure . A school Curriculum Activity Register is to be established and maintained for high and extreme risk activities. A School Curriculum Activity Register can assist schools to record and manage the details of all activities and ensure appropriate authorisations have been recorded for all high and extreme risk activities. The OneSchool CARA application enables completed risk assessments to be automatically captured into a register in OneSchool.
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This page was last reviewed on 03 Aug 2015 at 12:12PM